Ben Zimmer

Ben Zimmer appears in the following:

2017 Word of the Year

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Wall Street Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer discusses the American Dialect Society's Word of the Year voting. 

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'Kompromat,' 'Flipped' & The Language Of The Mueller Probe

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Ben Zimmer, Wall Street Journal language columnist, on the language of the Trump/Russia scandal, and terms related to the Mueller investigation that are cropping up!

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What Good is a Dictionary?

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Ben Zimmer, language columnist for The Wall Street Journal, returns to discuss how dictionaries are making themselves relevant again through social media and other digital tools.

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The 2016 Words of the Year

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Ben Zimmer talks about the words we heard most throughout 2016.

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Rigged, Big League, Deplorables & More Words that Shaped the Election

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Ben Zimmer, language columnist for "The Wall Street Journal," takes us through the language of the 2016 presidential campaign. 

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Frog Strangler, Pot Cheese, Whistle Pig: A Celebration of Regional Slang!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Ben Zimmer explores the weird and wonderful regional slang of America!

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Unforced Errors, Dog Whistles and the Latest Campaign Buzz Words

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Our language expert Ben Zimmer returns to decode the latest political jargon. 

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How the Language of 'Hamilton' Mixes Rap with Sondheim

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Ben Zimmer talks about the enticing language of the Broadway musical "Hamilton," and its appeal to students. 

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From 'Otherize' to 'The Best Words,' a Guide to Campaign Trail Language

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Wall Street Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer gives us the lowdown on the 2016 election catchphrases.  

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'Unicorn,' 'Surge,' and More Notable Words of 2015

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Ben Zimmer of The Wall Street Journal discusses his annual "words of the year" roundup. 

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The 2015 Words of the Year. Comfort Food for the Months Ahead.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Saveur's test kitchen director talks soups and stews. Ben Zimmer on the words of 2015.  

The Real Meanings of "Heebie-Jeebies" "Bozo" and "Raining Cats and Dogs"

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

'Wall Street Journal" language columnist and executive editor of Ben Zimmer, dishes on the words and phrases whose origins remain a mystery. 

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Politicking Language

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Language expert Ben Zimmer discusses the words and phrases that pop up frequently during campaign seasons.

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Word Watch: Whistleblower

Friday, February 13, 2015

Brooke explores the history of the word "whistleblower," from its sporting origins to pejorative to description of courage.

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“Manspreading,” “Vape,” and Other Notable Words of 2014

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Language columnist Ben Zimmer talks about ways the English language has evolved -- and devolved -- over 2014. Main takeaway: no clear front-runner for Word of the Year. 

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Bolster, Explicate and Amplify Your Vocabulary

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ben Zimmer quizzes us on what words mean and explains some of the most often misunderstood common words.

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Because New

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Ben Zimmer, chair of the New Words Committee of the American Dialect Society and executive producer of and the Visual Thesaurus, discusses the American Dialect Society's choice for word of the year: the new twitter-based use of the word "because."


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Language Columnist Ben Zimmer on "Bubble"

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Ben Zimmer, executive producer of and the Visual Thesaurus, and language columnist for The Wall Street Journal, discusses the use of the word “bubble” in the financial sense.

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Linguistics, Forensics, and J. K. Rowling

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Ben Zimmer talks about the surprising linguistic science behind the revelation that J.K. Rowling wrote the crime novel The Cuckoo's Calling under a pen name. Zimmer is the Wall Street Journal language columnist and executive producer of

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The Best and Worst Words of 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Ben Zimmer, language columnist for the Boston Globe and executive producer of the Visual Thesaurus and, talks about the year’s vocabulary and the best and worst words of 2012.

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